Merry Post-Christmas

I thought about writing something profound for today, reflecting on the season. Instead, I found myself looking back at an astonishing year and forward into the Great Unknown.

Mostly I thought about our mountain property.

I wrote my very first blog post (ever) right here at Blame It On The Muse, almost exactly two years ago – I Didn’t Get a Tractor for Christmas.


Since then, I’ve shared bits and pieces about our adjustment to rural life. My husband and I actually enjoyed clearing the property (for a while there, we were in a close personal relationship with the guy at the county dump!) and loved watching the birds and critters who showed up on the new paths through the woods or at the pond and river.

We’ve met most of the people in our valley and enjoy the genuine friendships that aren’t looking to further a career or do anything other than get to know you.

This fall, we’ve begun working on house plans. Sure, we have a small weekend place that will one day be a guest house (fabulous for the two of us). It’ll be interesting to have both kids, spouse, and multiple dogs here for several days. Let’s just say the sleeping arrangements will get creative. 🙂

The further we got into the planning process, the more the reality of the transition took hold. In order for us to live here full-time, my husband has to take early retirement. With my day job, I can work anywhere, as long as I can access the internet. Not possible with my husband’s career.

That Next Great Transition is what taps at the back of my head as I wrap the last presents, grocery shop and plan meals. Part of me leaps at the opportunity for travel, for not being tied to his work schedule. Another part worries, have we saved enough money. And another part thinks, Oh my (fill in your own blank), he’ll be home All The Time.


So, what transforming events do you see on your planning horizon?


Writing news update – the MysteryThriller Horror Box Set is still on the Amazon Top Ten in its category and For Love or Money will be included in Entangled Publishing’s Valentine’s Day Boxed Set, releasing January 27, 2014!.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 

This post originally appeared at my group blog Blame It On The Muse



Ultimate Mystery Thriller Horror Box Set copyHave you noticed all the boxed sets featuring multiple authors? I started seeing them on Amazon a few months ago and thought it would be exciting to be involved with a great group of authors in a boxed set.

As some of you know, I’ve started promoting with the Indie Book Collective in their Free Par-Tays and cross-promotions. Until now, promotion has focused on our own book. In boxed sets there’s a much closer connection—a mutual effort.

I’ve wondered, if everyone promoted one unit would it make a difference? I paid attention to other collections and was pleasantly surprised to see they were doing very well indeed.

So when a couple of the members from our group decided to published three of the boxed sets, I not only ended up in one of the boxed sets, I ended up producing all three!

Now I’m proud to share with you that we have three boxed sets available, including wonderful award-winning authors, many Amazon best-sellers, and the most exciting bit of news is this…

For a limited time only, the boxes are priced at only $0.99

It’s a sweet bargain, so grab your copies now.

You might want to check on these sets periodically to see the how the set perform. Right now they are all in the Amazon Top 100 for their respective category’s Anthology and The Mystery/Thriller/Horror Box is at #7! 


Triple Box Set (Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Horror) – 99c each Limited Time Offer

Red Mountain Publishing is Pleased to Announce Three Boxed Sets Packed Full of Romance, Mystery, Thrills and Suspense and YES, HORROR!!!

For a limited time get 21 full length novels for less than $3.00 from bestselling authors Taylor Lee, J. Thorn, Lorhainne Eckhart, Mimi Barbour, Helen Scott Taylor, Rebecca York, Mona Risk, Nolan Radke, Thomas Morrissey, and more. [Click on Boxed Set Image to BUY or scroll to Amazon links below.]


Happy Halloween! Act Fast because the Deal may not last!
This post/announcement originally appeared on my group blog Blame It On The Muse

Guest interview – Rebecca Clark

We’ve had lots of guest on Blame It On The Muse – and we love them – so it’s really fun to “introduce” one of our own – Rebecca Clark – who just released a new book.

Rebecca J. Clark has wanted to write romance novels since she read her first Harlequin Romance at age eleven. When she’s not writing, she works as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor, where she teaches Pilates, fitball and yoga. She feels very lucky to have not one, but two dream jobs: writing and fitness. Other jobs she’s worked at over the years include portrait artist, marketing director, and graphic designer. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two kids, a German Shepherd beast, two cats who plot to kill the dog, a rat that comes when he’s called, and a dead gecko. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds reruns on TV, and doing absolutely nothing.

I’m excited to share Rebecca’s latest story with our readers. SHAMEFUL is the prequel to SHAMELESS, which released earlier this year (to terrific reviews, I might add).

Here’s the blurb for SHAMEFUL:

Sammy Jo’s a good girl and always plays by the rules. Okay, maybe that makes her a little boring. But tonight, she’s breaking out of her shell. She’s sneaking out of her house and going to a college party with her best friends. So what if her instincts tell her she’s making a big mistake? Instincts aren’t always right, are they?


Good morning, Rebecca! I see you have your coffee and it looks like you’re headed to the gym. Thanks for stopping by the Muse this morning.  We want to hear all about your writing and your new book. 

Q – You write contemporary romance, both sweet and hot. Would you say Shameful is sweet, hot or both?

Rebecca – It’s really neither. Although Shameless (the full-length novel is quite hot), Shameful is set 20 years earlier, back when my heroine Samantha was young and somewhat naive.

Q – What made you decide to write Shameful from Sammy Jo’s perspective?

Rebecca – A reader asked me what Samantha was like as a younger woman, if that tragic night from the prologue changed her. That got the wheels turning in my head, and I decided to find out by writing her story.

Q – You’re a self-avowed panster. Do you ever hit the wall or find you’ve written yourself into a corner? How do you turn that around?

Rebecca – I write myself into walls several times each story. That’s better than walking into walls though, eh? 🙂 Seriously though, I’m trying to become more of a plotter because it takes me so long and so many drafts to get through a single book. It’s all about the characters though—usually the hero. If I get stuck, it’s generally because I don’t know enough about my hero. But I don’t know who my characters are until I write the book. See my problem????

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

Rebecca – I am working on a hot category-length romance about a tortured MMA fighter and the sweet yoga instructor who helps him heal. And that’s all I’ll say about it (probably because I haven’t started writing it, so I don’t really know much more about it…).

Okay…enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Rebecca – Ha ha. Just us and the hundreds of people who read this blog, right???

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

Rebecca – If I only have 90 minutes to pack and this is a surprise, then I won’t be going any place that requires shorts or bathing suit attire. That kind of vacation takes several months of extra-hard gym workouts. I’d love to go to a health spa, where all your meals are made for you and are healthy. And there are countless fitness classes to take. Where I can hike every day. And where it’s nice, quiet and peaceful…the perfect place to write.

Q. Are you more likely to be spotlighted on the TV show Hoarders or Fashion Police?

Rebecca – Ha ha ha ha! If Fashion Police is all about crappy fashion, then it’s a toss up. I wear gym clothes all day, every day (I work at a gym). If I dress up as far as jeans and makeup, my kids and husband are convinced I’m going somewhere. I’m not a hoarder, but I hate to throw things away. I like to SEE all my stuff. Clutter is my friend. It drives my neat-freak hubby crazy. But that’s what wives are for, right?

Okay, your turn. Do you have a question for our readers?

Rebecca – My husband and I were just discussing this last night… When reading a book, do you ever read the last page before you get to it? Depending on the book, I definitely will. If the author is going to kill off the hero or heroine (hello, Nicholas Sparks) I want to know. Then I’ll stop reading before I waste any more time.

What about you? Do you ever read the ending first?


If you leave a comment on the blog between now and October 31 you are automatically entered into the Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway — a big tote bag of books.

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Books I Want To Write

I woke up this morning, opened my trusty Mac, and stared blearily at the insistent calendar reminder. My eyes popped open at the announcement. BLOG. DUE.

To which my mind mumbled. NO. CLUE.

Swiftly followed by, thought it was tomorrow!

So today’s blog topic is brought to you by my friend Josh, who borrowed the inspiration from his friend, Chris. Hey, what are friends for if not inspiration and help?

Let’s talk about Books Not Yet Written.

If you’re a writer, what books would you like to write? Maybe they’re planned; a half-done, shoved-in-the-drawer WIP you aren’t sure how to finish; or maybe you don’t have the guts to write them yet? But go ahead, what would you (really) like to write?

And readers, here’s your chance to submit your literary grocery list. What books would you like to see? Maybe from a specific author, but maybe just in general. What are you in the mood for? What do you see a need for?

Go ahead and share.

You will notice I’m not offering my own book ideas. But I will. I’ll put them in the comment section as soon as I think of them. There’s nothing like being startled before your coffee frees up the creative flow. 😉

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This post originally appeared at my group blog, Blame It On The Muse


The Two (Suspenseful) Sides of Cathy Perkins

Today I want to offer a warm welcome to Cathy Perkins, an award-winning author (and Golden Heart Finalist) of compelling-yet-terrifying suspense stories and lighter mysteries with a financial twist. After I read The Professor (which was fan-tabulous and kept me up reading all night!), I knew I wanted Cathy to spend the day with us.

Cathy: Good morning Sharon! Thanks for letting me hang out with the Romantic Suspense authors at Kiss and Thrill. I released two books this summer which are shelved as romantic suspense, The Professor (Carina Press) and For Love or Money (Entangled Publishing), but (shh, confession!) mine are really mystery/suspense with a romantic element rather than romantic suspense.

Sharon: That’s okay, Cathy. We love all kinds of suspense and mystery stories! When we chatted about this post, you mentioned you write both dark and light stories. Care to explain that comment?

Cathy: Sometimes writing in a different genre (paranormal or YA rather than suspense, for example) will keep ideas fresh for an author. I find writing different kinds of suspense stories stretches me as an author (and hopefully makes me a better one).


As far as “light” and “dark” suspenses goes, just like romantic suspense has varying degrees of heat between the hero and heroine, mystery/suspense can contain degrees of darkness. All suspense novels have a villain who places the hero/heroine—or the world—in danger and shows the dark underbelly of human nature. Tapping into the inherent conflict between right and wrong, good and evil, makes for some interesting stories. The best ones are page turners that keep you up past your bedtime. Now not all suspense novels keep you awake, afraid to turn off the lights (although a few of Patricia Cornwell’s had me wondering if that sound was a house noise or an axe-murderer breaking in—I had to back off of those!), but there’s always a sense that Something Really Bad will happen if the heroine doesn’t unravel the mystery, find the killer, defuse the ticking bomb or stop the assassin.

Sharon: I can honestly say The Professor kept me up all night worrying about axe-murderers breaking in!  Where do you think the dividing line between “light” and “dark” stories lies?

Cathy: Maybe it’s the tone of the story that makes people label a story “light” or “dark,” but the protagonist plays a role in the distinction for me. In The Professor, the main character is a state law enforcement agent who matches wits with a serial killer. Mick O’Shaughnessy must stop The Professor before he kills again. Readers tell me the scenes from the Professor’s point of view are deliciously creepy. (We are so not delving into anything that might say about me! No axe-murdering!)

For Love or Money

At the other end of the “darkness” scale, For Love or Money, an amateur sleuth mystery, is told from Holly Price’s perspective. A CPA (Certified Pain in the Ass according to the killer, and maybe according to the detective on the case), Holly relates to elements in the victim’s personal life, giving her a different motivation to ask questions and dig into details that don’t add up (in her opinion). She ultimately solves more than one crime, and makes the villain angry enough to come after her in the process.

Sharon: Oh, so the story is light or dark, depending on the POV character? Or is it the emotional tone of the book?

Cathy: Hmm… Good question. While I mentioned that the main character drives the investigation and influences the way that investigation is handled, the emotional depth of the characters is a good indicator of the degree of darkness. I find the emotional depth comes from the characters’ inner conflicts, which may include a relationship issue. Maybe that’s why romantic suspense is so successful—integrating the external conflict with the relationship issues, drawing the hero and heroine together to overcome obstacles.

But I digress. 🙂

Many mystery/suspense authors completely avoid any relationship in their books. Jonathan King’s debut, The Blue Edge of Midnight, is a wonderfully atmospheric (very dark) suspense, whose guilt-ridden protagonist is in as much conflict with himself as he is with local law enforcement. At the other end of the spectrum, I think it’s safe to say Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum stories don’t spend much time on introspection. (Although Stephanie does have a relationship issue or two 🙂 )

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Like many of my favorite mystery/suspense authors, I always include a relationship element in my stories. I say “include” because the relationship (the romance) isn’t the primary focus of my books as it is in a romantic suspense. The emotional conflicts—romantic or other personal ones—flavor and complicate life for the main characters. They sharpen external conflicts when the internal conflicts force the main character to change and grow.

Now that I think about it, maybe the “light” or “dark” aspect is how deeply the story delves into the villain’s mindset, either directly through POV or indirectly through the investigation. Both draw the reader deep into a life or death situation.

Sharon: I think both of your answers are right. The light/dark issue is played out through the villain’s POV as well as the internal conflicts of the hero and/or heroine. But the villain POV scenes are usually what add the extra terror! What prompted you to change from dark suspense to lighter mysteries?

Cathy: I can only write so many dark stories and research really awful things people do to each other before I need to take a break. One of John Douglass’ (top FBI profiler) books gave me nightmares. Clearly, it was time to lighten up!

I also find darker stories like The Professor revolve around the actual investigation and the law enforcement officer, which means understanding how the detectives approach a case. Readers, including some from law enforcement, complemented me for “getting it right.” (I have wonderful resources; thanks y’all!) The lighter stories allow more latitude. With For Love or Money, Holly can do her thing, while JC’s over there doing whatever it is cops do. In her role as friend, confidant, or professionally as an accountant, Holly has access to people and information that would be more difficult for a police officer to obtain. She definitely does things no police officer could get away with.

Sharon: Do you decide ahead of time what type of book you want to write? Or is the type (light or dark) dependent on the characters who show up in your head?

Cathy: I’m drawn to darker stories, wanting to know the “why” behind a villain’s motivation as well as enjoying matching wits between my protagonist and villain as the investigation unfolds. It’s a choice for me to write something light when I need the emotional break.

I recently finished another dark story which my agent has on submission. I’m supposed to be working on Book 2 for Holly and JC (a sequel to For Love or Money that’s under contract) but this really dark story showed up and the characters will not leave me alone…

Sharon: I can’t wait to hear more!  And now for one of my favorite part of the interviews–the blurbs.


This post originally appeared at the Kiss and Thrill blog and included excerpts and a giveaway 🙂





Renewal has been bouncing around my head this week. I’m not sure why… Maybe it’s the dangling lure of “hang on, vacation’s coming.”

Maybe it’s an overdue library book.

I made a quick check of definitions and generally got the unhelpful, “the act of renewing or state of being renewed.”


But then I found, “filling again by supplying what has been used up.”


That’s it. Filling again. Used up.

We all reach that point, don’t we? It’s not just the muse taking off for vacation without you. It’s too many months of burning the candle at both ends and melting it in the middle, until it’s All Used Up.

The muse is still in there, frantically waving signal flags. Plot lines of stories surface at random times and new ideas pop up, but other than jotting a quick note, there’s no time to write. To contemplate. To get lost in a story.

So, renewal.

Supplying what’s used up. I’m completely open to suggestions.

How do you refill your well?

Originally posted at Blame It On The Muse, our group blog


Making Hay

It’s hay making season in our mountain valley. The process is interesting, even if it does play havoc with my husband’s allergies. One of the things that surprised me, though, was the parallels I saw between making hay and writing.

Stay with me.

2013-06-17-06_Swathed-hay-300x210Let’s look at the hay process first. There are three basic requirements for growing hay: land, water and sun.

Lots of each one.

Once the grass reaches the rightstage—tall, but not gone to seed—the ranchers start watching the weather even closer than they usually do. Hoping the forecast holds, they cut the grass in wide swathes and let it dry.

Over the next few days, the ranchers fluff—okay, the technical term is swath—the hay so it dries evenly. Once the hay is dry, they can bail it into bricks that litter the field at regular intervals.

2013-06-17-16_Baling-300x225This year’s first cutting looked terrific and the initial bids from Japan were $300/ton. The earliest cutters started bailing and there was happiness in the valley.

Then the unexpected happened. A storm boiled over the Cascades and drenched the valley. All the grass still on the ground went from being prime hay to cattle feed—not even dairy cow feed—at a price that will barely cover the expense of bailing it.

As soon as the sun reappeared and dried things out, the ranchers fluffed what was there and prepared to get it out of the field and make way for the next crop.


There are other ways things can go wrong. Balers break and things get stuck. Weeds invade from untended land. But the men and women who ranch for a living keep going, raising hay for their horses and other people’s cows.

So how is any of that like writing?

Well, you start with three basic ingredients to create a story: writer, imagination and paper—lots of each one. The author nurtures the story to The End and fluffs and cuts and edits, hoping for that premium bid for the manuscript. But things outside the author’s control can ruin that venture. A decision somewhere else that Steampunk/Chick Lit/Romantic Suspense/Whatever is “dead” means that particular manuscript isn’t going anywhere except a closest or thumb drive. (Hmm… considering indie-pubbing yet?)

Like a bale in the baler, words can get stuck. It’s much harder to find a repair person for a broken or missing muse than a machine.

Like the rancher, the writer keeps putting words on the page, creating stories, because that’s what writers do.

Can you think of any other parallels?

Originally posted at my group blog, Blame It On The Muse


The Fable of the Cat Blanket & NaNoWriMo

Last November I listened to a random urge to participate in NaNo and signed up for the Savvy Smackdown. One of the best parts was meeting my team mates, including the fabulous Teri Anne Stanley. Because I love her sense of humor, I asked her to be our guest today.

Here’s Teri –

Thanks for inviting me to visit your blog!  I have a fable to tell you…teri stanley

Once upon a time, a silly scientist with a house full of teenagers and dogs and other nonsensical chaos read a romance novel. “I could totally write better than this,” she thought.

Dionysus, sitting high on Mt Olympus (note that I said he was high), cracked up laughing. “Hey Apollo! Check this out. This human broad thinks she can write better than the author of that novel! This should be good.”

Apollo took a hit of whatever D-God was smoking, and said, “Well, maybe she can. She’s a scientist. She’s smart, right?”

Aphrodite stopped for a toke, and said, “She loves romance. Whoever loves romance has to be wonderful. I think she can do it.”

The three gods started placing bets. Aphrodite snuck to earth and whispered in the human’s ear, “Get writing. I’ve got a lot of money riding on this.”

And so the human was compelled to try her hand at writing a novel.

She convinced herself that it was just a brain exercise, that she really didn’t have any aspirations to publish anything. She took a couple of writing workshops and started blogging, just to connect with other writers.

Hades got wind of the wagering, and popped up to visit the human, and said, “You know you really want to be published.”

The human ignored him. She started writing a story about a guy who wakes up on the deck of a houseboat with no memory. And then she saw a tweet from an agent about how waking up with no memory was an overdone cliche. So she put that story away and started writing one about a raccoon that attacks a woman on her way to a job interview. But then she realized that there was no actual plot to that story, so she put it away.

And so it went. The human started a dozen stories, and finished none of them.

Then one spring, she decided to enter a contest. She dusted off a few chapters of a story, and sent them to Cleveland. Surprisingly, the judges were smoking the same thing the gods were when they convinced Teri to start writing, because she placed first. Amazingly, she finished that manuscript, but she was still in denial about publishing, so she filed that away.

Life started to happen. Her teenagers got more dramatic, and she allowed a couple of trolls to move into her basement. Her husband was travelling more.

The gods got bored, and started guessing when Prince William and Kate would have a baby.

The human was thinking that it might be time to delete her blog and start doing something useful for society, like make blankets for homeless cats.

Then, one day, she accidentally read a newsletter from Savvy Authors with an announcement about a NaNoWriMo Bootcamp. And the human thought, “Oh, hell. I might as well give it one more month.”

She signed up. She joined a team with four other romantic suspense authors and got some pointers from editor Nina Bruhns, as Entangled Publishing.

Aphrodite took a break from royal watching and took notice. She tried not to let Hades and Apollo see what was going on, however.

The human worked like crazy, and cranked out several thousand words of a story about a scientist who meets a maintenance man who is really an undercover cop. She tossed in a couple of gangsters and some weird drugs.

At the end of November, the editor announced that she would look at the unfinished manuscripts, and choose one for publication. Perhaps Dionysus then visited the offices of Entangled Publishing, because these stories were incomplete, unedited, and…rough–but in January, the human got a phone call from Nina saying that she wanted to acquire the human’s manuscript!

There is no moral to this story. Aesop is too hungover to mess with it right now.

But stay tuned for the sequel, which involves Hermes and Ares in a battle with the human’s self-esteem, trying to destroy it before her editor gets back to her with the next round of revisions and a publication date.

And so it goes with your less than typical “call” story! (this is Cathy back again).  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read her debut from Entangled when it releases. I asked Teri for social media contact info – not that she’s a fiend on twitter or anything – but we might have to out her in the comments.

Originally posted on our group blog, Blame It On The Muse

And I tracked her down at 


On Location With The Waiting Game!

I’m thrilled to welcome Eve Devon to the Muse today. Eve is my “release mate” at Entangled Publishing. Both of us released suspense books a few weeks ago and have cheered each other on as we deal with the whirlwind of promo surrounding a new release. As we chatted, we dicovered both of our stories featured a strong connection to the story’s setting. Intrigued by the idea of two authors on two sides of the Atlantic joined by so many common elements, we decided to host each other for a guest post, focused on “location!”

So please welcome fabulous suspense author Eve Devon to the Muse!

Thank you so much for having me here today. As a reader I love getting to “visit” places I’ve never been to without feeling like I’m being given a geography lesson. And as I writer I love discovering how setting can lend an extra dimension to a suspense story.

When I began writing The Waiting Game I knew my heroine Brooke was living somewhere where she could get away with going through the motions and where she didn’t really have to engage with the world. Her psycho-stalker Andre Spinks had been placed behind bars after a very public trial and she needed to be where the press and paparazzi couldn’t endlessly feed off her—somewhere she could heal.

I chose France because it’s a hop across the English Channel. Close but very different. Chateauroux is a town in the Loire Valley, two hours outside of Paris. It’s busy enough that I could imagine Brooke quietly and anonymously blending in; living semi-isolated on the outskirts of town, surrounded by greenery, in a simple white rendered stone farmhouse.YURT-300x226When Cam shows up to tell her Spinks has been released from prison, he knows Spinks will want to get at her again. Having failed, in his eyes, to protect her the last time, there’s no way he’s going to fail to protect her this time. For Cam it’s simple: get Brooke somewhere completely unconnected to her and anyone who knows her; someplace safe where they can wait the situation out. Did I mention France is a really large country? Cue driving for hours to a place just outside Biarritz…and throw in a little glamping, What? Camping isn’t very; well, glamorous, is it? But wouldn’t you love to stay in one of these.

Unless you were waiting… And the waiting was getting to you. Then, no matter how open the space, you’d still feel trapped. The long days that carried in the warm breeze would start to feel suffocating—which is why Brooke prepares to show Cam she can be trusted to go back to London and bait her stalker into action so that they can get him back behind bars. Simple restrained luxury. A beautiful wildflower meadow surrounded by apple orchards. A little al fresco dining—maybe some al fresco showering! Warm spring days with skies full of cotton-wool clouds. And with no street lamps and buildings to interrupt, you’d be able to stare up at the midnight-blue sky at night, focus on the blanket of stars and feel free.


I love London! Yes, the celebrity culture is rife—but it’s rife against a wonderfully clashing backdrop of amazing historical buildings and modernity. New buildings in the City aren’t allowed to encroach on sightlines of landmark historical buildings. Nothing is uniform and individuality is celebrated. It’s sprawling, cosmopolitan, bustling, noisy and most of all, alive. And if you have the money, you can stay in hotels like The Savoy, which is just the type of hotel I imagined Brooke and Cam staying in. A hotel like The Savoy literally rebuilds its suites to suit the needs of the guest. Rooms are filled with elegant antiques and service is everything. The list of people who have stayed there is mind-boggling! If you’re famous and want to be seen you go in through one entrance and if you’re famous and don’t want to be seen by the waiting paparazzi you get in another way.

But for my heroine Brooke, returning to this heaving metropolis is difficult. She does it because she wants to be strong. She wants to
fight. She’s through waiting for her life to begin again. Being surrounded by the press and paparazzi is a necessary evil and drawing her stalker out works—with very frightening consequences.




When Cam realizes that being holed up in a swanky London hotel is just prolonging the agony for Brooke he makes the decision to take her to her friend on the South Devon coast.

I imagined Megan McGuinness renovating an Italianate Villa (the typical style of large coastal Devonshire house) and that it would look out onto a private beach just like this one.



The South Devon Coast is beautiful and Torbay, one of its boroughs, is referred to as The English Riviera. The area is surrounded by stunning coast and countryside and is most famous for being where Agatha Christie grew up.

From the stunning coastline you can walk inland along the River Dart…


To here…Agatha Christie’s holiday home “Greenway”!

GREENWAY-300x224As a writer who grew up reading Agatha Christie – this is one of my all-time favorite places to visit! She bought this house as a summer retreat and used to hold parties for all her friends. As you walk around the house you can hear recordings of interviews with her and (my fave) see closets filled with what she used to call her “Dress-up clothes”—gorgeous exquisitely beaded 1930’s gowns for the women and sexy tuxedos for the men. Let the murder-mystery weekend commence! You can arrive at the house via a river boat and look around the boathouse that she used to spend summer days writing in.

I spent my week-long holiday doing revisions for The Waiting Game in a hotel in Torbay. The view was incredibly inspiring but eventually I had to return Cam and Brooke to London to finish The Waiting Game.


Author Bio: Eve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines & happy ever afters…

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Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve Devon a taste for adventure; her love for romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!

When Eve wasn’t consuming books by the bucketload, she could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down her adventures. As a teenager, Eve wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, still hooked on romance and mysteries, she worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realizing she was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense herself.
Visit Eve at her website:

About The Waiting Game:

Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.

WTheWaitingGamex500hen security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.
Now he’s returned to complete his art.

Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces…
And waiting is no longer an option.

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Originally posted to my group blog, Blame It On The Muse